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Wuhan Diary #10: The Fourteenth Day of the Wuhan City Closure — February 5, 2020

February 5 : Fourteenth Day of Wuhan City Closure Today is the 14th of the Wuhan City closure.  I have been writing this diary for two weeks now. I first took pen in hand to help ease my own anxiety … Continue reading

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Wuhan Rumor int: Wuhan Mayor Removed, Several District Officials in Criminal Detention

Rumors from Wuhan. In the absence of reliable official information, rumors abound. People who pass information about sensitive situations in China can be prosecuted for spreading rumors defined as anything not officially announced yet. I often read rumors on Chinese … Continue reading

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UFO Over North China

UFO sighting in China!   An April 30 video is on YouTube at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxVXmLNRY6M Another version of this video, albeit with many fewer viewers, has the helpful message written in English on the screen “We will achieve unification one way … Continue reading

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The Biggest Lie: Democracy is Not Suitable for China

   While working in China, I often heard officials say and read in the media that democracy is not suitable for China.  That always puzzled me.  It felt like Chinese racism against Chinese people.    I found this article on … Continue reading

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Why do the Leaders of the Generation of “Educated Youth” Want to Restore the Planned Economy?

A September 29, 2018 comment posted after an article on the Financial Times Chinese language website.   A comment the same writer made just a few minutes previously, reviewing the history of Chinese reform, is at https://gaodawei.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/chinese-readers-comments-on-ft-chinese-language-website/ Comment from Wangchdq of Daqing City, … Continue reading

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2002: Wired China: Many Hands on Many Switches

Round-Table on Internet and Free Flow of Information in China Statement by David Cowhig, Wired China: Many Hands on Many Switches Presented to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China April 15, 2002 I would like to share with you some thoughts about … Continue reading

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Why Don’t We Know Anything (or Not Much) About China?

Good article in the March 2018 issue of Foreign Policy! Also reminded of this by a most graphic graphic shared by the always intriguing and hilarious fake PRC tweeter @RelevantOrgans. People do tend to notice opacity.  But it can take … Continue reading

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Kong Lingping’s Maoist Labor Camp Memoir: A Decade Spent between Life and Death

Another excerpt from my draft translation of Bloody Chronicles 血纪, Kong Lingping’s memoir of his twenty years as a political prisoner in Mao’s labor camps.  In this excerpt,  Kong Lingping recounts how he first got in touch with his mother for the … Continue reading

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Huang Wenzhi: How the Anhui “Water Spirit Hairy Man” Rumor Become an Ideology and Local Government Response

The February 2016 issue of the Chinese journal Communist Party Historical Research and Education  《党史研究与教学》 tells the story, based on research in local government archives,  of a scary rumor from the early days of the PRC.  Widespread rumors of hairy monsters … Continue reading

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2010: Breaking Dual Leadership: Sichuan Statistical Bureau No Longer Leads Local Statistical Offices

As a result of provincial government structure reform, no longer will Sichuan Province Statistical Bureau on behalf of the PRC Statistical Bureau lead the work of the local government statistical bureaus in Sichuan.  The PRC’s dual leadership system of governance … Continue reading

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